The most familiar, and oft time's most comforting stop on the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series schedule, Speedworld Off-Road Park, is located in Surprise, Arizona. And two weekends ago Speedway Park played host to LOORRS round three and four.
From his top perch on the podium in Surprise, Arizona one has to wonder if Mitch even notices the giant green lizard.
The last four rounds of LOORRS racing in the Modified Karts class as produced some of the most exciting action ever, with Mitch Guthrie Jr. earning two firsts, and two seconds.
In the much anticipated Modified Karts class, K&N sponsored Mitch Guthrie Jr., did all he could to give fans every penny's worth of their entertainment buck. The young Glendora, California racer was first in practice on Friday, and he was top qualifier on both Saturday and Sunday. Then in the main events Guthrie Jr. took home a second Saturday and first on Sunday.
"We are very proud that he has held the points lead so far. May was a good month, we have been focusing on the car's set up and Mitch has always been a calm and focused driver," said his dad, Mitch Guthrie Sr.
And, as is so often the case, the apple didn't fall far from the tree. Mitch senior knows what he's talking about, he was 2004 Pro Rock Champion, he was King Of The Hammers UTV Champion in 2009 and 2010, and he finished second this year. In the 2011 Soboba Grand Prix he also earned the number two spot on the podium, a feat he accomplished with his co-driver, Mitch junior.
Mitch Jr. has held the points lead since the second race of the season.
Mitch Jr. started racing in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series in 2008, in the stock Kart class, quickly moving up to the up to the modified class. In his very first year, Mitch Jr. was the Trophy Kart World Cup Champion. He's continued to add significantly to his race resume every year since, and he currently sits atop the points in LOORRS.
Mitch Sr. told K&N Race News, "After the next round, we'll be halfway through the season. It goes by really fast, and we're also running the Lucas Oil Regional Series, so We've been pretty busy. Our family loves this race life, and we feel very good about this year. Mitch Jr. looks forward to all of the upcoming races.
Mitch raced the Lucas Oil Regional Series on April 2nd at Glen Helen, where he was first in practice and in the first heat. He was leading the main, but was unable to finish after the car threw the chain.
"Consistency and finishing races is very important," adds the more experienced Mitch. "Mitch Jr. has set a personal goal to win back-to-back rounds. This year is also his first year of high school, and he has done a good job of balancing racing and keeping his grades up."
Along with their second place UTV finish in the Soboba Grand Prix, the father and son team also finished second in The King of the Hammers in their Polaris RZR this year. "I drove and Mitch Jr. was navigator," adds dad.
"We are happy to have some added support this year from new sponsors such as, K&N, Polaris, Pro Armor, CFD, ESP Pools, and MTA. In addition to our longtime sponsors Walker Evans Racing Shocks, Dirt newz.com and Performance Construction," says Mitch Sr..
K&N Race News Update:
Last weekend in round five and six of the Lucas Oil Regional Series at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California, Mitch Jr. took full advantage of his pole starting position in round five by notching his third win of the season. He followed that up with a strong second in round six, increasing his points lead significantly.
Next up for Guthrie Racing is Utah on the 26th and 27th, for more Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series action.
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